Inspiring poems by Strickland Gillilan reminding us that kindness spreads love and hope. When we help others by offering kindness it may have more impact than we may realize as
it encourages hope and love. A small act of kindness on our part may have a tremendous impact on the lives of others.
It wasn't the money you gave the chap
When you found him down and out
'Twas the faith you restored when you bettered his hap
That had filled him with bitter doubt.
It wasn't the food that your money bought,
Or the clothes he had needed so,
But the spirit change that your kindness wrought
When you set hope's lamp aglow.
It isn't the human of blood and bone
Served most when you heed love's call
'Tis a human heart just like your own;
It hungers most of all.
The Real Helper
by Strickland Gillilan
He who lends me worldly wealth;
He who saves my body's health;
He who, when he finds me sad,
Smiles and speaks and leaves me glad -
All of these my helpers be;
Lacking one, my life should pall.
But who dreams my dreams with me
Serves me best of all.
He who slips an arm around
When life's skies on me have frowned;
He who trusts me when no other
In the wide world calls me brother -
Blest am I when these rare beams
Of God's sunshine on me fall.
Yet who helps me dream my dreams
Blesses most of all.
Never questions he my dream;
Never asks: "But do you deem
There's the light of reason in it?
Is there any chance to win it?"
Having only eyes to see
My cloud-castle fair and tall —
He who dreams my dreams with me
Helps me most of all.
by Strickland Gillilan
This is bound to be well, say!
One humdinger of a day!
It may rain, but what's the diff?
What would happen to us if
It should fail to rain and then
Clear up, cloud and rain again?
Whatsoe'er the weather be,
This will prove, for you and me
(As I started out to say),
One nailer of a day.
Ere the night comes you will get
Hungry, and some meals, I'll bet;
You'll be thirsty, so I think,
And relieve that thirst with drink;
You will have a chance to do
Favors for some one whom you
Long have known and owed a kindness;
You are free from deafness, blindness,
Or, if not, you feel! Oh, say!
This will be a corking day.
What I mean to say is this:
Every day has some of bliss.
Just endure with patient smile
Things that hurt. For after while
There will come the happiness
That shall lighten your distress
Lighten it? Nay, 'twill destroy it.
Life will change and you'll enjoy it.
Every morning, just you say:
"This will be one bully day!"